Belly dance – what do we imagine, as soon as we hear these words? Oriental tales, Persian carpets, a magical atmosphere, and … a woman – a beauty, skillfully moving her hips to the beat of the music, with a mysterious look in an indescribably beautiful outfit. Belly dance can’t be confused with any other dance. It has its own history, which has come down to us from the depths of centuries, philosophy and meaning.
The term ‘belly dance’ originated from the Arabic word ‘beledy’, which translates as ‘homeland’, ‘hometown’, is used to refer to the totality of dance, music and a special costume. The homeland of Oriental dances is Tibet, they appeared more than 11 thousand years ago. Initially, such a dance was part of a warlike male dance, later women learned it.
They changed the dance, making it more feminine and mysterious, danced in the harems of the sultans both for the sultan himself and for his female circle. Over time, the Oriental dance appeared in different countries of the world – Japan, China, Turkey. In some areas it becomes ritual, it could only be performed in the evening and only the wife for her husband in honor of the anniversary of the wedding.
With her dance, a woman said that she was as beautiful and desired, despite the passage of time. In the 10th century AD, men became interested in this kind of dance. They did not become dancers but engaged in teaching activities. It was they who brought the elements of the Chinese and Thai pas to the dance. The dancer’s clothes traditionally consisted of a long dress and a kerchief tied around the hips. Such words as ‘belly’ or ‘feminine hips’ were utterly indecent, not to mention the frank demonstration of any parts of the body.